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Super-powerful Xbox 720 chip enters production

The Xbox 720 could be with us in October 2013 if reports that its new, super-charged chipset have entered production are true.

The AMD GPU is on its way to the manufacturing plant, according to IGN, whose sources tell it that mass production will begin by the end of 2012.

Based on the AMD 6000 series, it will be similar to the Radeon HD 6670, bringing support for DirectX11, multi-display, 3D and 1080p HD graphics, with a current market value apparently somewhere above $80 (£50).

What’s in a name?

Put simply, the next Xbox’s graphics processing power is going to be 20 per cent better than the Wii U and six times the Xbox 360′s. So, by rights, we should start calling it the Xbox 2160.

We can’t see that catching on, sadly, and there’s still no real clue as to what the console will be called when it is released in 2013 – although names as disparate as the Xbox 720 and the Xbox Loop have been bandied about.

What is looking more likely, though, is that we’ll see an announcement about the next-gen Xbox from Microsoft at E3 2013, with IGN adding that devs should be getting access to the SDKs and final system configurations in August 2012.

Exciting times – fan the flames of excitement with our next-gen Xbox video of exactly what we’d like to see:

Super-powerful Xbox 720 chip enters production


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